Generalmajor

Generalmajor, short GenMaj ('major general'), is a general officer rank in Germany and Austria, and is equivalent to, and translated as, major general.

Generalmajor
HD H 62 Generalmajor.svg LD B 62 Generalmajor.svg
Army and Air Force insignia
Country Germany
Service branchBundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg German Army
Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg German Air Force
AbbreviationGenMaj
RankTwo-star
NATO rank codeOF-7
Non-NATO rankO-8
Formation1956
Next higher rankGeneralleutnant
Next lower rankBrigadegeneral
Equivalent ranksKonteradmiral

It is the third-highest general officer rank in the German Army (Heer) and German Air Force (Luftwaffe). This rank is also used in the Austrian Armed Forces, but is abbreviated as GenMjr.

Historically, German Army ranks for its generals prior to 1945 were offset by one from those of most other major European armies. Thus, prior to 1945, the Generalmajor rank in the German Army was equivalent to the brigadier general rank in other armies, and so forth.

Generalmajor in modern GermanyEdit

The rank is rated OF-7 in NATO, and is grade B7 in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence. It is equivalent to Konteradmiral in the German Navy (Marine) or to Generalstabsarzt, and Admiralstabsarzt in the Zentraler Sanitätsdienst der Bundeswehr.

On the shoulder straps (Heer, Luftwaffe) there are two golden pips (stars) in golden oak leaves.

Heer Luftwaffe ... to service uniform
Bundeswehr sequence of ranks ascending
junior rank:
Brigadegeneral
   

(German officer rank)
Generalmajor

senior rank:
Generalleutnant

Generalmajor in East GermanyEdit

Generalmajor was in the so-called "armed organs of the GDR" (German: Bewaffnete Organe der DDR), represented by Ministry of National Defence, and Ministry for State Security, the lowest general officer rank, comparable to the one-star rank in many NATO-Armed forces (Rangcode OF-6). This was in reference to Soviet military doctrine and in line with other armed forces of the Warsaw Pact.

The equivalent rank of the Volksmarine (GDR Navy) was the Konteradmiral, often called simply Herr Admiral for short.

Junior rank
Oberst
 
National People's Army rank
Generalmajor
(Konteradmiral)
Senior rank
Generalleutnant
Rank insignias Generalmajor / Konteradmiral (OF-6)
  Stasi   Land forces   Air Force   GDR Border troops   Volksmarine
         
Generalmajor Konteradmiral

Generalmajor of the WehrmachtEdit

Generalmajor was in the German Reich and Nazi Germany the lowest general officer rank, comparable to the one-star rank in many NATO-Armed forces (Rangcode OF-6). It was equivalent to Konteradmiral in the Kriegsmarine, and SS-Brigadeführer in the Waffen-SS until 1945.

Rank insignia Generalmajor / Konteradmiral
Branch German Army Luftwaffe Waffen-SS Kriegsmarine
Collar       None
Shoulder        
Sleeve        
Rank
designation
Generalmajor
SS-Brigadeführer
und Generalmajor
der Waffen-SS
Konteradmiral
Sequence of ranks ascending
Junior rank:
Oberst
 

(German officer rank)
Generalmajor

Senior rank:
Generalleutnant

See alsoEdit